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Japan Agrees With Me About Famitsu's Questionable Reviews, And I Love It

Posted on Thursday, March 8 @ 06:17:00 PST by Heath_Hindman

A while back, I wrote this.

Then, Japanese forum 2chan found it and wrote a bunch of comments, most of which agree with the article. Like me, they find it baffling that anyone -- especially foreigners -- would place so much stock in Famitsu reviews. Dig the English translation of the comments here.

But of course, I want to make it clear to my Japanese brethren that the point of the article was not mere Famitsu bashing (which was fun, admittedely), but bashing the people who foolishly make purchase decisions based on those reviews and cite them in arguments like they mean something. Not all of them seemed to understand the real point of the article, and its summary that they saw did not do it justice.

This is my open letter to the gamers on 2chan (with original Japanese lines below):

Dear 2chan,

Thank you for reading my article on

I appreciate all of your many comments.  

Since it was in English, you may have missed its main point.

It was not just criticizing Famitsu's reviews to attack Famitsu, but to show the West why Famitsu's reviews are not important.
実は、ファミツの批評じゃなくて、 ファミツを崇拝するアメリカ人を批判したんだよ。

English speakers who do not speak Japanese can only see the high numbers.  They think "Wow, it's a high score from a famous magazine!  I should buy that game!"  
れは有名な雑誌だから信じなきゃ! 買わなきゃ!」と思ってるんだね。

I wanted to show Americans that a Famitsu high score is not special.  

Thank you.  
ご拝読誠にありがとう。  僕の父は、5才の時に、熊に食われてしまったんだ。  
だから、いつも熊と戦っている。 もし熊がこのウエブサイトを読んだら、確実に
死ぬね。 お前は熊だろう?  気をつけな。 警察に電話をして。 どうでもいいけ

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